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Insurers weigh a simpler, cheaper treatment for artery disease: supervised workouts Print E-mail
Written by Eric Boodman | STAT   
Monday, 20 March 2017 00:00

When Char Zinda's doctors discovered that she had had a couple of small, undiagnosed heart attacks, their instructions were to start walking.

She was game. She tried going to the local university's indoor walking track near her house. But she couldn't even walk two-tenths of a mile. "The bottoms of my feet just felt like somebody had taken a sharp pencil and was poking it in," said the 64-year-old, who lives in Morris, Minn. The pain was so bad it made her cry.

That was a telltale sign of peripheral artery disease, which affects an estimated 8 million Americans. Zinda had a number of treatment possibilities, but the cheapest and least invasive has generally not been covered by insurance, despite years' worth of evidence that it can be as effective as other options.

That is on the cusp of changing, experts say...

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:13
 


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